hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,360 miles

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon brakes problems

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2003 Hyundai Tiburon Owner Comments

problem #5

Mar 012011

Tiburon 4-cyl

  • 90,000 miles


I have a 2003 Tiburon. The emergency brake cable has rusted away and no longer engages the brake. Seems to be a common problem.

- Powell, OH, USA

problem #4

Mar 222010


  • 51,800 miles
In October 2009 I purchased a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon for my son. The car was placed in the garage until my son turned 16 on March 8, 2010. We only have put less than 100 miles on the car from the date of purchase to find out that the rear brakes were not working also causing the emergency brake not to lock in. The vehicle was purchased at crest Honda in nashville, tn. They also proceeded to sell me an extended warranty which was suppose to cover for brakes, however when I took it to a Hyundai service center they contacted the extended warranty company and they would not cover for the brakes to be repaired as they were after market brakes on the car. It is clearly obvious that this car was not inspected by crest Honda prior to my purchase. I have read similar complaints on the internet about crest Honda and customers having faulty brakes on used cars that they purchase from them. We are fortunate that we noticed the problem with the emergency brake as the mechanic told me that the rear brakes were not catching and only the front brakes were operational on the car.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #3

Jan 082009


  • 31,000 miles
Hello, I'm 26yrs old. I own a 2003 Tiburon GT V6 6speed with less than 80,000 miles. I bought it off of the original owner with only 9,000 miles. Within the 70,000 miles I've driven it, it's had three clutches.? I've owned all manual driven cars since I was 16, I learned how to drive with one. We all know I burned that clutch up a little bit yet I still didn't burn that clutch out. The first clutch I had to replace I paid for the parts. Hyundai took care of the labor which was nice but, I still had to pay for a part that I wasn't at fault for ruining. Now I'm on my third clutch, I had to pay for this one in full because I'm the second owner and Hyundai only covers 60,000 miles. As of 01\06\09 this one is no longer working. There has to be a manufactures defect of some kind. Whether it is the hydraulic lines pumping too much or not enough fluid, the reverse dual mass clutch, or it being the first year they made the car, and this was one of the problems Hyundai had to take care of. I need help please. I've read more reviews on "2003" Tiburon's than I can handle to read, and at least 90% said they had clutch problems. I started looking for a solution and the only thing I could find was Consumer Affairs #, E-mail, and a few other #'s. I called the Consumer Affairs #, and now they told me they canżT help go figure. Their reason was it being to far out of warranty although it was at only 31,000 miles. Now at 77,000 it goes again, what a coincidence. This disaster of a car has cost me around $4,000 and has also put a halt on my life. I had a Jeep payment that I had to surrender back to the bank because I could no longer pay for repairs on the Tiburon and my Jeep. IżM writing this in hope that there is some kind of good will, recall, ect. To help reimburse my loses. Thank you in advance

- Marianna, PA, USA

problem #2

Mar 012008

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • 50,000 miles
I have a 2003 Tiburon GT with a 6 speed transmission. I've had to replace the clutch twice in under 30K miles. I've checked with other Tiburon owners and they said it's a defect in the clutch assembly. Hyundai won't admit a problem even though a lot of people are having this issue apparently.

- Blaine, MN, USA

problem #1

Aug 292007

Tiburon 6-cyl

  • 44,000 miles
Clutch failed at 44,000 miles after buying car used. Service department would not fix, stated it was wear and tear. Cost $1500 to fix. Airbag light stays on, past 65,000 so service department wont fix it unless I pay for it. Hatch back latch wont work, $200 to fix that. Headlights burn out every other month. Brought car to service center because of a noise in the front of car. Said they couldnt hear anything. 2000 miles over my warrentee brought car back because it was getting worse, said it was front wheel assembly and would cost $1000 to fix. During cold weather emergency brake sticks took it in and they couldnt find anything wrong, go figure. Seats wont latch sometimes after letting someone out from the back. Is there a end to the problems that I have with this Hyundai.

- Newark, MD, USA

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